Merry-Go-Baby Hat Pattern Revised (free pattern)

Every once in a while I look through all of my old patterns and think about revising them, making changes so that they are improved, easier to read, easier to make, or just more appealing in general.

The Merry-Go-Baby hat pattern from about two years ago has been a rather popular pattern to readers. But it was only available in one size, and when I wrote the pattern I couldn’t even remember exactly what yarn I had used for it.

With this updated pattern, it’s now available in seven different sizes, all the way from newborn through adult. Also, I changed the instructions slightly. The join at the end/beginning of each round is now less visible (using a ch-1 rather than a ch-2, and making the first st of each round-which is also an increase st- in the same st as the join). With the seam being less visible, it makes the hat a lot cleaner in appearance (and you don’t have to worry about making sure the seam is on the back of the head when it’s being worn!). Plus! There is now a ribbed cuff, using front post and back post stitches.

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Merry-Go-Baby Hat Pattern- Revised

©2018 Amanda Bryant

Materials Used:

For the children’s sized hats (newborn through child):

Bernat Softee Baby Colors light (“3”) weight yarn, 4.2 oz/120 g; Approx. 310 yards/284 meters; 100% acrylic, Color “White Rainbow”

For the adult sized hat:

Bernat Softee Baby light (“3”) weight yarn, 5 oz/140 g; Approx. 362 yards/331 meters; 100% acrylic, Color “White”

Size F/5- 3.75 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- Chain

Sl st- slip stitch

Sc- single crochet

Dc- double crochet

Fpdc- front post double crochet

Bpdc- back post double crochet

Gauge: 5 stitches and 5 rounds= 1 inch

Measurements/Sizing:

0-3 months size- Circumference 13 inches , total hat length 4 ½ inches

3-6 months size- Circumference 14 inches, total hat length 6 inches

6-12 months size- Circumference 16 inches, total hat length 6 ½ inches

12- 24 months size- Circumference 17 inches, total hat length 7 inches

Toddler size- Circumference 18 inches, total hat length 7 ½ inches

Child size- Circumference 19 inches, total hat length 8 inches

Adult size- Circumference 22 inches, total hat length 8 ½ inches

Helpful Hints/Notes:

  • The ch-1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a st. The first st of each round is worked in the same st that the ch-1 was worked in. This helps ensure a less noticeable join/seam.
  • Each hat is worked from the top down in rounds

Instructions:

Make a magic ring,

Round 1– Make 8 sc in the magic ring, join with a sl st to the top of the first sc (8 sc)

Round 2- Ch 3 (counts as a dc), make a dc in the same st as join, make 2 dc in the next sc and 2 dc in ea of the sc around to the end, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3 (16 dc)

Round 3– Ch 1, Make 2 fpdc in the same dc as join, make 1 fpdc in the next dc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next dc, make 1 fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (24 fpdc)

Round 4– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 2 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (32 fpdc)

Round 5– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 3 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 3 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (40 fpdc)

Round 6– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 4 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 4 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (48 fpdc)

Round 7– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 5 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 5 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (56 fpdc)

Round 8– Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 6 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 6 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (64 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 0-3 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 9– Ch 1,make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 7 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 7 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (72 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 3-6 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 10- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 8 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 8 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (80 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 6-12 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 11- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 9 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 9 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (88 fpdc) ***Stop here for size 12- 24 months and proceed to Next Step

Round 12- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 10 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 10 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (96 fpdc) ***Stop here for size Toddler and proceed to Next Step

Round 13-  Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 11 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 11 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (104 fpdc) ***Stop here for size Child and proceed to Next Step

Round 14- Ch 1, make 2 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each of the next 12 fpdc, *(make 2 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 fjpdc in each of the next 12 fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (112 fpdc) ***This makes the adult size, proceed to the Next Step

Next Step- Ch 1, make 1 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 fpdc in each fpdc around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc (0-3 months= 64 fpdc; 3-6 months= 72 fpdc; 6-12 months= 80 fpdc; 12-24 months= 88 fpdc; Toddler= 96 fpdc; Child 104= fpdc, Adult= 112 fpdc)

Repeat this round until hat measures from crown- 0-3 months (3 ½ inches), 3-6 months (4 ½ inches), 6-12 months (4 ¼ inches), 12-24 months (5 inches), Toddler (5 ½ inches), Child (6 inches), Adult (6 ½ inches)

Begin Ribbed Cuff:

Round 1– Ch 1, make 1 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 bpdc in the next fpdc, *(make 1 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 bpdc in the next fpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc  (0-3 months= 32 fpdc and 32 bpdc; 3-6 months= 36 fpdc and 36 bpdc; 6-12 months= 40 fpdc and 40 bpdc; 12-24 months= 44 fpdc and 44 bpdc; Toddler= 48 fpdc and 48 bpdc; Child= 52 fpdc and 52 bpdc, Adult= 56 fpdc and 56 bpdc)

Round 2– Ch 1, make 1 fpdc in the same fpdc as join, make 1 bpdc in the first bpdc, *(make 1 fpdc in the next fpdc, make 1 bpdc in the next bpdc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning fpdc

Repeat Round 2 until total hat length measures 0-3 months size- 4 ½ inches, 3-6 months size- 6 inches, 6-12 months size- 6 ½ inches, 12- 24 months size- 7 inches, Toddler size- 7 ½ inches, Child size- 8 inches, Adult size- 8 ½ inches

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

In the photo grid below, you can see the different color patterns the “White Rainbow” yarn makes. I like the variety, however, if you are familiar with how to do color pooling (which I am not, yet!) you could plan out your color pattern (or just use a solid color!). I didn’t have enough yarn left myself, but you could also place a pom pom on the top.

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Catch-All Basket (free pattern)

Here is another new pattern, which I believe to be ideal for the beginner crocheter. Using jumbo weight yarn and a large hook, it is very easy to see the stitches. Each basket uses one full skein of yarn, and the instructions are straight forward and easy to follow, and can easily be made in an hour.

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Catch-All Basket

Crochet Pattern

© 2018 Amanda Bryant

 

Materials Used:

Red Heart Collage Jumbo weight (“7”) yarn, 80% acrylic/20 % wool, 5 oz/141 g; 55 yards/50 meters; Color 9980 “Forget-Me-Not” (1 skein makes 1 basket)

Size 9 mm crochet hook

Large eyed blunt sewing needle to weave in ends

Abbreviations Used (U.S. Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sl st- slip stitch

Sc- single crochet

Helpful Hints/Notes:

  • The ch-1 at the beginning of each round does not count as a st
  • The basket is worked in the round, with a sl st joining the last sc of each round with the first sc of the round

Gauge:  4 sc and 4 rounds= 2 inches, however, gauge is not overly important. The stitches have to be very tight and close together, which gives the basket it’s sturdiness and stiffness. If you find that your stitches are too loose, go down a hook size (or more), and if you find that your stitches are too tight, go up a hook size (or more)

Measurements:

Taller Basket- Approx. 4 ½ inches tall, 18 ½ inches circumference, diameter of base approx. 5 ½ inches wide

Shorter Basket- Approx. 3 ¾ inches tall, 21 ½ inches circumference, diameter of base approx. 6 ½ inches wide

Pattern Instructions:

For the taller basket:

Ch 2,

Round 1- make 6 sc in the second ch from hook, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (6 sc)

Round 2- ch 1, make 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (12 sc)

Round 3- ch 1, make 2 sc in the first sc, make 1 sc in the next sc, *(make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (18 sc)

Round 4- ch 1, make 2 sc in the first sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, *(make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc  (24 sc)

Round 5- ch 1, make 2 sc in the first sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, *(make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (30 sc)

Round 6- ch 1, make 2 sc in the first sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, *(make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (36 sc)

Round 7- ch 1, working in the back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (36 sc)

Round 8- ch 1, working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (36 sc)

Rounds 9-16- ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (36 sc)

Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

For the shorter basket:

Follow Rounds 1 through 6 of smaller basket (36 sc)

Round 7- ch 1, make 2 sc in the first sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, *(make 2 sc in the next sc, make 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc), repeat from * around, join with a sl st in the beginning sc (42 sc)

Round 8- ch 1, work in the back loops only, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (42 sc)

Round 9- ch 1, working in both loops again, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (42 sc)

Rounds 10- 15- ch 1, make 1 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the beginning sc (42 sc)

Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

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Laguna Slouchy (Free Pattern)

 

About 6 months ago I bought 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in the color “Lagoon”. I fell in love with the color, the texture, and the bulkiness, and thought it would make a beautiful “something”.  I tried a few different projects with it, both knit and crochet, but frogged each and every one of them. The yarn just wouldn’t cooperate with my hooks and needles. So I put it aside hoping that one day I would be able to use it. Earlier this month I pulled out a skein of it and tried my hands at working with it again (which I posted about here). Much to my delight it cooperated with me this time! After successfully making my first project with it, I decided to try writing up a new hat pattern. I had two-and-a-half skeins of it left to play with. My “prototype” hat was beautiful, but I thought “there can be more to this hat”. So I played around with it and created a second and a third version of it. Still, I thought it could be better. With my fourth, and final, revision I was completely satisfied.  And now I am very excited to share this pattern with you! (My first pattern of 2018!)

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Laguna Slouchy Hat Pattern

© Amanda Bryant 2018

Materials:

Lion Brand Homespun Yarn; 6 oz/170 g; 185 yards/169 meters; Color 404- “Lagoon” (a little more than a half skein will make 1 hat)

Size K/6.5 mm crochet hook

large eyed blunt sewing needle to weave in yarn tails

Size- Adult- approximate circumference 22 inches, total length 12 inches, ribbed cuff length 2 1/2 inches

Gauge-  in pattern of (hdc, fpdc) 10 sts= 4 inches; 10 rounds= 4 inches

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

ch- chain

dc- double crochet

hdc- half double crochet

fpdc- front post double crochet

bpdc- back post double crochet

sl st- slip stitch

beg- beginning

Special Notes:

  • 3 ch’s from the beginning ch-4 count as a dc
  • the ch-2 at the beginning of a round always counts as a hdc, except for when working the ribbed cuff, in which case it counts as a bpdc
  • the ch-3 at the beginning of a round always counts as a dc
  • if you would like a tighter cuff, try going down a half to a full size hook

Instructions:

Ch 4

Round 1- make 7 dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (8dc)

Round 2- Ch 2, fpdc in the same dc as join, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the same dc) repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of the first hdc (16 sts- 8 fpdc, 8 hdc)

Round 3- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in the next st, *(2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next st),  repeat from * around, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (24 dc)

Round 4- Ch 2, fpdc in the same dc as join, hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next sdc, fpdc in same dc, hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of beg hdc (32 sts- 16 fpdc, 16 hdc)

Round 5- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of the next 3 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 3 sts), repeat from * around, join to top of the beg dc (40 dc)

Round 6- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (40 sts- 20 hdc, 20 fpdc)

Round 7- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of next 4 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 4 sts), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg dc (48 dc)

Round 8- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (48 sts- 24 hdc, 24 fpdc)

Round 9- Ch 3, dc in the same st as join, dc in each of the next 5 sts, *(2 dc in the next st, dc in each of the next 5 sts), repeat from * around, join to top of the beg dc (56 dc)

Round 10- Ch 2, fpdc in the next dc, *(hdc in the next dc, fpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around, join to the top of the beg hdc (56 sts- 28 fpdc, 28 hdc)

Round 11- Ch 3, dc in each st around, join with a sl st to the top of the beg dc (56dc)

Rounds 12- 23- Repeat rounds 10 & 11

Start Ribbed Cuff-

Round 24- Ch 2 (counts as a bpdc),*(fpdc in the next dc, bpdc in the next dc), repeat from * around to the last dc,  fpdc in the last dc, join with a sl st to the top of the beg ch-2 (56 sts- 28 fpdc, 28 bpdc)

Rounds 25- 27- repeat round 24

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

Back to Square One

So things don’t always work out as planned. We were about to get the keys to our new apartment yesterday when the landlord tried to scam us out of an additional deposit. After much debate they just wouldn’t budge. So we got our original deposit back and went home to the hotel. It was a very frustrating day, but in hindsight it seems this was a clue to what it would be like to live there should we have actually moved in there. Someone above was looking out for us.

Back to Square one…I’m hoping to get some new patterns published this weekend,  and if I find more ambition I’ll do some more work on the blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get lots of Crochet time in!

Happy hooking!

Amanda 😚

Newsflash!

Recently, in a post you can read Here, I mentioned that me and my family were planning to move to Michigan, from New Mexico, around the end of January. Well, plans have changed. We decided to wait until the summer or fall to make the move, when the weather in Michigan is nice. Since we currently live in a hotel we decided it would be better if we found a real apartment to lease locally until it’s time for the big move. Yesterday we found an apartment,  and this weekend we will be moving into it. We are REALLY looking forward to this. Aside from cheaper rent, we’ll have our own (larger) space, and a playground for Olivia to burn off all of her energy at.

Once we move we’ll be without home internet, but only temporarily.  I mention this because I won’t be able to blog for a little while, except for on my phone (which is hard to do if I’m sharing a pattern!). I’m hoping we’ll have internet up and running in our home within a couple of weeks. First things first though, we need to buy some furniture.

Back to patterns though…I DO have a couple of new patterns to publish, I just have to type them up. I’m hoping to get these done by the time we move.

Also, you probably noticed that when you view a post here on the blog a newsletter sign up form pops up. I posted about this on the Crochet On The Brain Facebook fan page, but was distracted and didn’t get to post about it here. With the evolution of Crochet On The Brain,  I would like to try publishing a monthly newsletter about everything I’ve done here on the blog in the previous month. My intention is to expand from posting only my patterns to also posting useful crochet information, resources, techniques, pattern round ups, and so forth.  However, please keep in mind that this is just a hobby for me, so if I’m slow on the draw, or I forget something, please bear with me. I was also hoping to start a weekly review post (about both the blog and my personal life), but at the moment time’s limited.

So…I’ll try to get those new patterns published soon, but if you don’t see anything from me for a while, you know why.

Until later,

Amanda 😊

 

 

A Yarns Destiny

So the other day, after much talk and debate among members on a Facebook group that I belong to, about Lion Brand Homespun yarn, I decided to try out one of my old hat patterns using this yarn.

I bought 3 skeins of Homespun probably about 6 months ago, because I fell in love with the look and feel of it. After a few attempts of trying to work with it, both crocheting and knitting, I became rather frustrated and put it aside, hoping one day I’d find a use for it. I found it was hard to stitch with and it tangled too easily.

You can probably imagine my delight when after so many months of this yarn being in hibernation my problem with Homespun seemed to have disappeared and become a thing of the past.

I’m beginning to think that those skeins we buy and have problems with are just waiting for the right project, even if it’s not the project we originally intended to use that yarn for. A yarns destiny, I suppose.

Anyway,  I used my Homespun to make Amanda’s Recycled Bulky Beanie. I followed the pattern exactly as I had written it, except that I increased its length by making one extra round of dc’s before doing the final (sc) round. Using this yarn, in my opinion, produces a much nicer hat, and it fits better as well!

Here are a few photos of how the Homespun hat turned out:


I decided (and it wasn’t a hard decision at all) to keep this hat for myself 😊

Now, I am left with about 2 1/2 skeins of this yarn (This hat took less than a 1/2 skein). Today I began designing a new hat with it, so maybe soon I’ll have another hat pattern to share with you 😁

Until next time,

Amanda ❤😊

Happy New Year! Top 10 of 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to another year of free patterns and crochet talk!

I wanted to write up this post yesterday, but for various reasons I just didn’t have the time. But today I am free to do what I want to do, and so here I am.

I thought that I would share with you the most clicked on patterns from over the course of 2017 here on Crochet On The Brain. As always, I’m amazed at how many hits this blog gets, and from where in the world these hits come from! There were 11, 269 views from 75 different countries!

I guess I’ll start with the least viewed pattern out of the top 10, and work my way to #1. (Just click on the photos to bring you to the pattern).

#10-

Minty Winter Children's Hats
Minty Winter Children’s Hats

#9-

You Are My Sunshine Infant's Hat
You Are My Sunshine Infant’s Hat

#8-

Merry-Go-Baby Hat
Merry-Go-Baby Hat

#7-

Toddler Hat & Mittens Set
Toddler Hat & Mittens Set

#6-

Little Souls Newborn Beanie & Thumbless Mittens
Little Souls Newborn Beanie & Thumbless Mittens

#5-

Textured Washcloth
Textured Washcloth

#4-

Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband
Really Easy Ear Warmer Headband

#3-

Winter Baby Hats
Winter Baby Hats

#2-

Sandscapes Scarf
Sandscapes Scarf

and #1-

 

Cluster Love Slouchy
Cluster Love Slouchy

Thanks to each and every one of you who have made Crochet On The Brain the success that it is.  It is “just a hobby” of mine, but having so many wonderful people around the world supporting me in my endeavor gives me the encouragement needed to continue on with it. In this new year, I hope that Crochet On The Brain, as well as myself, continue to grow and evolve, and that you reap much pleasure out of everything I have, and will have, to share with you!

Thank you!!!

Amanda ❤ 🙂